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Slideaway rig for Cobia

post #1 of 17
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Has anyone used one of these for livelining live bait from the beach? Thinking about trying one for cobia at Hatteras this spring.
The new Slideaway clip by Breakaway allows you to cast the sinker first, then attach your baited Slideaway clip to the running line and it will slide the bait out towards the pre-cast sinker. The one way clip has been used in Australia, South Africa and Hawaii proving this system to be very effective.
This has amazing advantages to the long caster who has previously had problems casting large or soft bait long distance, fresh and saltwater. In Texas the sliding rig method of fishing has been used for years, but previously you had to be on an elevated platform to get the bait to slide away from you. If trying this from a beach the bait would wash back up the beach towards you, this does not happen using the new clip Breakaway Slideaway. The new clip only slides one way, OUT.
Here is how you use and attach the Slideaway.
Cast sinker. If using a heavy bait or sliding bait up-tide use a heavier sinker than you normally would cast.
Attach desired leader to clip with bait. If going after shark or something toothy you will require a long steel leader. The length is up to you. I have successfully slid large baits across current with 6 foot of steel attached to hook. The clip will also work with small baits as well IE: Sand flees, worm baits or just a lure. Here is another good thing about the clip, you can send more than one bait out to the same sinker. Just keep clipping them on till you catch a fish (Check your state reg's about fishing extra hooks off the same line.).
post #2 of 17
I bought one pack when they first came out. They didn't work with a chit from the sand, and I gave up on them.

I haven't tried them from the planks. But I bet they'd work a lot better on a higher playing field.
post #3 of 17
to get the slide rigs to work , you have to be above the water . like on a pier or on the top of a camper .
you need the elevation to get the slide to work
a real tall sand spike might do it too , haven't tried that one ..... yet !!
post #4 of 17
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a real tall sand spike might do it too , haven't tried that one ..... yet !!

I don't think so. The weight of the bait plus rig made the line dip toward the water.

Even if you kept the line tight.

For the life of me, I couldn't get the bait anywhere near my sinker with that Slideaway.

They ain't made to fish from the beach, IMHO.
post #5 of 17
Guy in North and South Carolina fish these things a lot for King macks.

I think it is more of use to keep live bait flailing near the surface.
post #6 of 17
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They ain't made to fish from the beach, IMHO.


yup , but if ya stand on top of a camper and use the tournment butt on the 1509 and hold it up like you are searching for lighting ..
they really work nice off a pier

in all honesty , i've hooked a small blue and tried it from the beach ...
freakin' shark got it before it went to far ... and i couldn't catch another blue to try again

the top of the camper , from what i've been told will work
post #7 of 17
The sideways rig would not be my first choice for a pier. Fish typically hang out around the pier looking for shelter or the bait fish that are looking for shelter. To cast a sinker 100 yards from a pier and slide live bait would not seem to be productive. I do sight cast lures from piers and have even relocated live bait when fish are seen. You don’t need any fancy rig for this. Typically I will only cast about 35 feet from a pier. I will cast a lure at a shadow that is up to 100 yards if the pier is uncrowned enough to try this. Most piers are crowded most of the time.
post #8 of 17
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To cast a sinker 100 yards from a pier and slide live bait would not seem to be productive.

I would think you could use the Slideaway with a sinker 35 feet or so from the pier.

Might not be necessary, though.
post #9 of 17
To fish live bait from bridges and piers I use a 2/0 steelhead hook on a 3' steel leader with a snap swivel. Hook it to your main line. You hook the pinfish between the eyes and throw it over the side keeping it about 35 feet from the pier. I have caught numerous fish this way and tackle is very cheep.

I catch my pin fish using a rig of three #6 treble hooks tied nine inches apart with a one ounce sinker at the end of the line. You can throw the rig past a bait school and with a fast retrieve snag a couple pin fish. This is how I caught bait fish in Florida. By the Way if there is no bait fish there usually aren’t many of the big fish that eat them either. If there is beer in the cooler your trip is not wasted.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by derf
yup , but if ya stand on top of a camper and use the tournment butt on the 1509 and hold it up like you are searching for lighting ..


Now that would be fun to watch.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Mudd
Now that would be fun to watch.

You could sell tickets.

Derf, I'd like to see you with a kite rig on one of your camper endevors, too.
post #12 of 17
The slide works from the beach (I use it regularly). You need to make sure the barrel swivel end faces the ocean and you still need to work the rod until the rig goes underwater. When a wave hits the slide rig, the rig will kink your mainline, preventing the rig from sliding back toward shore. It take about 5 minutes of bouncing your rod up and down, but it beats swimming your bait out in the middle of the night knowing Jaws may be just around the corner.

For areas where you are elevated above the water and your mainline is at a decently steep angle, you can use a standard slide.

The baits and tackle we use are likely a bit larger and heavier that what you guys normally use, but the system works.
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post #13 of 17
Another key factor that allows the slide to work is keeping the main line pulled very tight. If the line which the slide is on has any slack or "belly", the slide will not "grab" the line and it will eventually get pushed back to shore by the waves. I would imagine the sandy types of areas you fish there may not allow this. Here in Hawaii we usually use sinkers with wire legs that grab hold of the reef. Although I do shake the rod as the slide is going out, I find that keeping the line tight helps me more.

True, the weight of the bait (even a very light one) in most cases will cause the rig to drag on the bottom eventually so it does not make sense to throw as far as possible from a beach. Most use these where there are specific conditions: 1. primarily when using a fairly large bait that you would have difficulty casting and distance is not a priority 2. where larger waves would push a bait (live or dead) back up the line and eventually out of the water. Usually these places are 10-15 feet above the water and subject to heavy surf.

As 808 mentions, for places that allow a steeper angle on the line, I'd use a regular "slide buckle", as we call them.

If it's distance you need, then the only way is to go with a lighter bait and cast it. I don't use the one-way slide exclusively but keep it in my tackle box for one more option that seems to fit the bill for certain locations that I fish at.

Aloha!
Brian
post #14 of 17
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Derf, I'd like to see you with a kite rig on one of your camper endevors, too


derf don't do kites ......
post #15 of 17
If you use this from the beach with any bait less than 10" you will need a towel so you can catch the gulls and unhook them. I wouldn't recommend them from the sand, maybe the piers. Good luck.
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